Our supporters and partners > Patrons
Patron institutions are crucial to the future of BGCI.
The world's largest botanic gardens support our work both financially and with in-kind donations.
We are delighted to have The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, United States Botanic Garden the Al-Thani Botanical Centre and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden as our current Patron Gardens. These institutions act as key partners to BGCI and help to shape our programmes of work in a mutually beneficial way.
“BGCI does vital work in linking and supporting botanic gardens around the world and helping each of us to learn from our colleagues. Kew was a founder member of BGCI and is proud to be a patron member. It is a relationship of great value to us.” Richard Deverell, Director, RBG, Kew
BGCI 's head office is based at RBG, Kew. We also run the acclaimed International Diplomas in Botanic Garden Education and Botanic Garden Management together and enjoy close collaboration in many other areas. In 2013 we will continue to jointly develop plans for the Ecological Restoration Alliance of botanic gardens. .
“It is largely through the efforts of BGCI that the global community of botanic gardens has found a powerful and influential voice, speaking up for the fundamental importance of plants in the ecology of our planet and influencing international policy at the highest levels” Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper, RBGE Edinburgh.
We enjoy a close working relationship with RBGE. Our most recent work together is the global conservation assessments of Rhododendrons. The Red List of Rhododendrons was published in 2011. Building on this, the International Rhododendron Conservation Conference will be held at RBGE on 20-21 April 2013.
"The world's botanic gardens rely upon BGCI's global network to ensure that their important contributions to plant conservation are globally recognised and supported. The Chicago Botanic Garden has been an active member and strong supporter of BGCI since 1995, and is proud to now host its U.S. office." Sophia Siskel, President and CEO, Chicago Botanic Garden
Our U.S. office is based at Chicago Botanic Garden, and graduate students in the garden’s joint Plant Biology and Conservation graduate program with Northwestern University are helping to carry out our Care for the Rare project and helping to identify exceptional species in need of research and ex situ conservation efforts. .
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, occupying a stunning position wrapped around a cove on the edge of Sydney Harbour is the oldest scientific institution in Australia. We work closely with the (Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand) BGANZ network, recently running the International Certificate in Botanic Garden Management in the Asia Pacific Region together.
“The United States Botanic Garden has been an active supporter of BGCI and is particularly thrilled to be working with BGCI-US on conservation projects, seed collection, and an assessment of the threatened flora of North America. The work done globally by BGCI is so important to the conservation of the world’s flora. Here in the United States, BGCI-US provides leadership and coordination among botanic gardens and arboreta that is invaluable to all of us.” Holly Shimizu, Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden- Washington DC
Our U.S. office partnered with the United States Botanic Garden to create the Care for the Rare project, and following our collaborative North American Collections Assessment we continue to partner to build the content and quality or our PlantSearch database to support future assessments.
The Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) in Hong Kong is BGCI's latest Patron Member. Since 2003 KFBG has been involved in a scholarship programme for Chinese botanic garden staff, initiated in collaboration with BGCI.